Happy St. Patrick’s Day, readers! Today’s post shall be short and sweet so you all can get back to drowning yourself in green beer and pinching your non-green-clad friends and neighbors.
Ever wanted to drink like a classical author? These drinks may not be green, but here are some recipes for cocktails that these writers are famous for consuming:
Screwdriver – Truman Capote
Capote is pretty known for drinking screwdrivers. Luckily, these drinks are ridiculously easy to make–even in your inebriated state.
- Vodka–amount to your liking. (I like half and half)
- Orange juice
- Orange slices for garnish, if you’re so inclined.
Pretty much just pour everything into a glass and enjoy.
The Gimlet – Raymond Chandler
Chandler’s novels frequently feature characters drinking these concoctions. This recipe is taken straight from The Long Goodbye:
- 1/2 gin
- 1/2 Rose’s lime juice
I’m assuming some mixing and/or shaking is involved, but hey! Alcohol!
Mint Julep – William Faulkner
Faulkner’s home of Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi has the recipe for Faulkner’s famed favorite drink as such:
- 1 tsp sugar
- A sprig or two of crushed mint.
Serve in a metal cup.
Mojito – Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway was a known heavy drinker, but his famed drink is the mojito. The invention of the mojito is credited to the La Bodeguito del Medio in Havanna, Cuba, which Hemingway frequented often.
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tsp of light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 oz of white rum
- 3 oz champagne*
- Garnish with sprig of fresh mint
Mix the mint leaves with sugar and lime juice, then add rum. Fill glass half full with ice, and top off with champagne and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
*Normally mojitos are made with club soda, but supposedly Hemingway preferred them with champagne. Because more alcohol is always better than less alcohol, right?
Vesper Martini – Ian Fleming
James Bond’s famous go-to drink, as stated by the character himself in Casino Royale. Drink like a British spy!
- 3 measures Gordon’s Gin
- 1 measure of vodka
- 1/2 measure of Kina Lillet
- garnish: a large, thin slice of lemon peel
Shake very well until ice cold, then add garnish.
Enjoy, and stay safe out there today. 😀